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In This Issue
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Adult Class on Apostles' Creed Begins Sunday
Confirmation Class Gets Under Way
Join Us for Wednesday Night Fellowship
Swing with the Handbell Choir
We Need Front Desk Volunteers
It's Snacktime at Fairmount
Are You Planning for Trunk or Treat?
Mowing the Path Forward
Gifts to the Church
Music Notes
Pray for One Another
Church Calendar
Our Church Officers
September 8
13th Sunday after Pentecost
Isaiah 6:1-5
Exodus 33:15-34:7
God, the Father Almighty
Sam Weddington
Sing to the Lord
Last Sunday's Attendance
9:00: 122; 11:00: 77
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September 5 , 2019
Adult Class on Apostles' Creed Begins Sunday

What does a statement of belief that has been in use by the church since at least the fourth century say to us today? Each phrase of the Apostles' Creed opens up profound theological vistas that invite us to reflect on the Good News of Jesus Christ. Participate in a short-term, video- and discussion-based class paralleling Sam Weddington's new sermon series, and we'll explore together. This adult class will meet in the chapel at 10:20 beginning this Sunday, September 8. For more information, please see Pastor Sam or Dave Welch.
Confirmation Class Gets Under Way

All seventh- to eleventh-graders are invited to enter the confirmation course that begins this Sunday, September 8. The course is a two-year journey, at the end of which you will be invited to confirm your faith and join the church. On the way, you will discuss hard questions about faith, God, and more, as you prepare to be baptized or to confirm your baptismal vows.
You will find the two years to be a time of both personal growth and relational growth with your church family. You will play games, watch videos, and meet friends in new ways. In addition to your teachers, you will have two mentors, an adult and a high school student, to help you as you go through the process.
The class will meet on Sunday mornings from 10:00 till 10:45 in the big room in the youth wing. Each class builds on information from the previous week, so regular attendance is very important. If you miss a class, we can help you make it up, but we ask all confirmands to take this commitment seriously. If you are interested in participating, contact Katie Arnold at
Join Us for Wednesday Night Fellowship
Join us Wednesday evenings for our fellowship supper at 5:30 and stay for programs for youth, children, and adults. With the exception of special presentations, we worship on Wednesday evenings by praying, singing, and studying God's Word together in the chapel. Wednesday night Bible study will begin at 6:15.
Swing with the Handbell Choir
The Sanctuary Handbell Choir wants you! We are looking for a few more regulars and a couple of substitutes to ring the bells with us. You can count, yes? You're in! We practice from 6:15 to 7:15 on Wednesday evenings in room 212 upstairs, and we play for the late worship service about once a month. Please contact Bob Greene at or 276-696-9091 to talk about joining this fun-loving group.
We Need Front Desk Volunteers

FPC needs a volunteer or two to answer the phone and the doorbell from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. If you want to be here earlier, at 12:00 or 12:30, for example, we can work around your schedule. If you can help regularly or even occasionally, or if you'd like more information, please call the church office at 423-764-7176. Thank you!
It's Snacktime at Fairmount
We are again collecting snacks for the students of Fairmount Elementary. About 80% of the children get help with lunch, but their families can't buy snacks to help them through the afternoon slump. That's where we come in. We are now collecting boxes of Teddy Grahams. Please bring your donations to the Little Red House in the Fellowship Hallway to help our young friends at Fairmount pay attention in class on fall afternoons. Thank you!
Are You Planning for Trunk or Treat?
See what you can do with an ordinary car trunk and a giant rooster?
Please mark your calendars for this year's Fairmount Neighborhood Trunk or Treat. It will take place at Fairmount Elementary School on Thursday, October 24, at 5:00 p.m. It's time to plan your costume, your car decorations, and your treats!
Mowing the Path Forward

This Sunday brings forth many new beginnings ( Query: Can anything beget an old beginning?), for which Fred Harkleroad (September 4 -7) will make sure the lawn looks its best. September 8 is the starting point for our new confirmation class, for Pastor Sam's sermon series on the Apostles' Creed, and for the adult class that goes with it. Sunday also ushers in our acolytes, who return to their role in our traditional worship service. How in the world will Roger Sikorski (September 11 -14) follow that act?
Gifts to the Church
Memorials and honoraria are published in the newsletter only after the family has been personally notified by our business office. Today we gratefully acknowledge a gift to the Music Projects Fund in memory of Larry Story, father of Brandon Story, from Ernie and Karen Pennington.
Music Notes
Antonio Vivaldi
Sunday's music: This week the choir anthem is "Sing to the Lord," composed by Antonio Vivaldi (1678 -1741) and arranged by Hal Hopson. One of the most popular and enduring Italian composers of the Baroque era, Vivaldi was a virtuosic violinist who was instrumental in the development of the concerto. His set of four, The Four Seasons, is his most famous work today. His most popular choral composition is the cantata Gloria, which the FPC choir performed last year. For much of his life, Vivaldi was employed by a girls' orphanage in Venice. In that time, boys' orphanages trained boys for skilled trades, and girls' houses trained girls for musical performance. This job provided Vivaldi motivation and resources to compose many works that showcased the talents of the girls at the orphanage, including many choral and staged works for treble voices. He was also a prolific composer of opera and gained success in that genre for a time, although his operatic works were never regarded as highly as that of his contemporary Alessandro Scarlatti. Towards the end of his life, Vivaldi fell somewhat out of favor in Italy and moved to Vienna upon gaining the attention of Emperor Charles VI. Shortly after he moved, the emperor died, and Vivaldi died not long after. As was so common with the great classical composers, Vivaldi struggled in his final years with little to no fortune and was buried in a common grave.
Organist's footnotes: With Hurricane Dorian in the news, I half-joked with a friend of mine in Florida that I was planning to play music written in Dorian mode. Dorian mode is what you get if you play a scale using the white keys on the piano, beginning and ending on D. My search for Dorian organ music turned up several intriguing possibilities. I decided to focus on one work, a setting of four pieces based on the ancient Latin chant "Ave Maris Stella" ("Hail, Star of the Sea") and composed by the French Baroque organist Nicolas de Grigny (1672 -1703). I will play the first two pieces for the prelude, the third piece for the offertory, and the fourth piece for the postlude.
Grigny was born in Reims to a musical family. He studied organ with the renowned Nicolas Leb├Ęgue, organist to the king, and in 1693 was appointed organist at the abbey church of St. Denis, just north of Paris. In 1695 he married Marie-Magdeleine de France, daughter of a prosperous merchant. Despite his success in Paris, he and his family soon returned to Reims. His only publication, the Premier livre d'orgue (1699), so impressed J.S. Bach that he transcribed it for his own use. He died at the age of 31, leaving his wife and seven children.
Charles Fisk in 1980.
I had the good fortune to be introduced to Grigny's music by my organ teacher, J. Melvin Butler, who at the time was Organist/Music Director at Downtown United Presbyterian Church in Rochester, New York. DUPC had just received the last organ personally tonal-finished by Charles Fisk, the famous organ builder, before his death. Fisk had been an engineer on the Manhattan Project during WWII. Wanting to devote the rest of his life to technology that could never be used for hostile purposes, he chose the organ-building business. His Opus 83 in Rochester is a gem of an instrument, full of exactly the right kind of specialized stops that Grigny's score calls for, making his music come alive and a joy to play.
Pray for One Another

In Our Prayers
Please also include in your prayers members of our community who wish to remain anonymous.

Wayne Ausmus
Beth & Brian
Durward Buck
Christians in Nigeria/ECWA
Ethiopian brothers & sisters
DeeDee Galliher
Diane Glymph
Ron Grubbs
Vivian Hill
Hurricane Dorian victims
Kristi Johnson
Marty Keys & family
Nancy King
Kwon family
Harriett Massengill
Dot Mattison
Roger McCracken
Christine Mitten & family
Alice Moore
Pendley family
Sharon Potter's family
Don Preston
Larry Roberts (Greg's brother)
Virginia Rutherford
Stigers family
Patty Thomas
Ashley Thomasson
Barb Thompson & family
Jim White
Ann & Bill Woods
Our love and sympathy are with Jon McClain and his family in the death of his grandmother, Bevalene "Bev" McClain, September 2 in Bristol.
Birthday Prayer Fellowship
Sept. 8        Bobby Dabbs
Sept. 9        Scottie Bales, Charles Taylor, Rachel Worley
Sept. 10      Mike Adams, Laura Jessee, Paul Rice
Sept. 11      Sally Jordan
Sept. 12      Becky Busler, Cindy Kreiss, Alice Moore, Greer Pendley, Al Thomas
Sept. 13      Torey Bates Samuel, Brit Sawyers
Sept. 14      Sue Mumpower
Church Calendar
Sunday, September 8
9:00 a.m.       Worship, Fellowship Hall
10:10 a.m.     Sunday School
10:30 a.m.     Sanctuary Choir, Room 202
11:00 a.m.     Worship, Sanctuary
6:00 p.m.       Student Fellowship
Monday, September 9
7:00 p.m.       Building & Grounds Comm., Room 117
7:00 p.m.       Worship Comm., Room 123
Tuesday, September 10
10:00 a.m.     Staff Meeting, Room 117
10:00 a.m.     Morning Prayer Group, Conf. Room
6:00 p.m.       Venture Crew 3, Room 165
7:00 p.m.       Boy Scout Troop 3, Scout Wing
Wednesday, September 11
4:00 p.m.       Finance Comm., Room 117
5:15 p.m.       Baby & Toddler Care, Rooms 34 - 37
5:30 p.m.       Fellowship Dinner, Fellowship Hall
6:00 p.m.       Wednesday Night Kids
6:00 p.m.       Middle School Gathering
6:00 p.m.       High School Small Groups
6:15 p.m.       Adult Enrichment
6:15 p.m.       Handbell Practice, Room 212
7:15 p.m.       Sanctuary Choir, Room 202
7:15 p.m.       Worship Team, Fellowship Hall
Thursday, September 12
7:00 a.m.       Men's Bible Study, Parlor
8:30 a.m.       Meals on Wheels, Fellowship Hall
12:00 p.m.     Noon Bible Study, Room 117
4:30 p.m.       Human Resources Comm., Room 117
6:30 p.m.       Scout Order of the Arrow, Scout Hall
Our Church Officers
Church Officers
Class of 2019
Class of 2020
Class of 2021
Anna Booher
Nancy Allerton
Ann Abel
Lee Galliher
Rebecca Beck
Randy Cook
Pete Holler
David Hyde
John Graham
Han Ong
Jordan Pennington
Katie McInnis
Pete Stigers
Jerry Poteat
John Vann
Sujean Bradley
Blake Bassett
Fred Harkleroad
George Linke
Rhonda Comer
Matt Kingsley
Greg Roberts
Ron Fox
Lisa McClain
Nate Sproles
Brenda Lawson
Drew Rice
Bill Whisnant
Barbara Thompson
Joyce Samuel
Nancy Cook
Peggy Hill
Jack Butterworth